So, December 2012. It’s finally here, it’s finally arrived, it’s finally graced our shores and you know what that means. Nope, not Finland’s Independence Day celebrations, and not 23 years of The Simpsons either. For many (and by many, I mean very few), December 2012 is the end as we know it. And if it […]

So, December 2012. It’s finally here, it’s finally arrived, it’s finally graced our shores and you know what that means. Nope, not Finland’s Independence Day celebrations, and not 23 years of The Simpsons either. For many (and by many, I mean very few), December 2012 is the end as we know it. And if it really is the end, which hopefully it is not, one thing’s for certain; that clever bunch of forward-thinking enigmas that make up Sheffield’s events and promotions scene can give themselves a big collective pat on the back. We’re going out with a bang baby!

JOOLS HOLLAND AND HIS RHYTHM & BLUES ORCHESTRA.

6th DECEMBER / CITY HALL / £34.50.

The legendary pianist and musical champion of all varieties is bringing the full package to City Hall this Christmas. Even Roland Gift from Fine Young Cannibals fame is set to make an appearance! Link

 

THE RAPHAEL ATTAR VARIETY HOUR.

6TH DECEMBER / WEST END / FREE.

The man behind the viral smash ‘Gary Barlow Riddim’ is bringing his 2-man show to Sheffield after test-running it at a small comedy festival in Edinburgh earlier this year. Support comes from the ever elusive Ham Pocket. Link

 

CINDERELLA.

7th DECEMBER / LYCEUM / COST VARIES.

As it’s the first festive edition of the Cool Beans/Now Then Listings Column of Dreams & Fantasies, we figured we might as well whack in a feel-good panto. So we’ve done just that. Link

 

DRUMRO[ll].

7th DECEMBER / FEZ CLUB / £10.

More big bookings from the Drumro[ll] collective, this time showcasing the finest of the Aus Music label. Will Saul, Bicep and Cottam will be tantalising 4/4 lovers’ eardrums all night long alongside residents Sixfootsick and Up & Atom. Link

 

JIVE JUICE.

8th DECEMBER / CLUB DADA / FREE.

The exotic combination of jive and juice never felt so good. Surf, ska, rock ‘n’ roll, soul, rhythm ‘n’ blues, boogaloo and exotic jazz played all night long down at Dada. Exotic jazz people – EXOTIC JAZZ. Link

 

WE ARE POETS.

11th DECEMBER / SHOWROOM / £5.

Docfest and Roundabout screen this moving testament to the power of creativity, community and the dynamism of young people. In addition, money raised from the screening will be donated towards supporting young homeless people in Sheffield. Link

 

COOL BEANS XMAS BASH.

14th DECEMBER / PENELOPES / £4.

More shameless self-promotion from the very writer of this column. Beach party madness with live sets from Jeramiah Ferrari, Smiling Ivy and the greatest band that no-one has ever heard of – Cliff Rescue & the Helicopters. Link

 

OFF THE RECORD.

15th DECEMBER / PLUG / £4.

Brand new night coming from the Renegade Brass Band collective with a headline RBB set and support from Jungle Lion and Paulo (Thirsty Ear). Guaranteed to be a horny, rowdy affair. Link

 

SOYO LIVE XMAS SHOW.

17th DECEMBER / SOYO / FREE.

The Book Club, Screaming Maldini and Frazer King are all popping into SoYo for a festive freebie. Includes live art from the Knife & Folk clan, DJs and outrageously cheap drinks. Link

 

!BIRTHDAY!

20th DECEMBER / FROG & PARROT / FREE.

Furthermore proving that this city’s fine promoters really do cater to everyone, a night dedicated to Japanese and Korean rock, pop and hip-hop has appeared on Division Street. Free treats and tweets galore. Link

 

THE ACTUAL END OF THE WORLD PARTY.

21st DECEMBER / PLUG / £8.

It’s the eagerly anticipated return of the legendary Bison and if you’re going to be blown into smithereens you might as well go out to the happiest sounds around. Support comes from Drymbago, K.O.G. & The Allstar Revolution, DJ Chiv and DJ Bollocks. Link

 

DR ZOGG’S GALACTIC SOUND EMPORIUM.

22nd DECEMBER / REDHOUSE / £3.

Festive bass fest courtesy featuring Kickflip, Where’s North, Tom Goose, Johnnym and Dill Zogg. Chances of the Redhouse being a massive, sweaty rave on this night – very high to extremely high. Link

 

THIS IS THE KIT.

30th DECEMBER / HEELEY INSTITUTE / £6.

Rare Sheffield appearance from the Bristol/Paris based band who have recently been receiving praise from the scene’s top dogs, including Guy Garvey, Cerys Matthews and Rob da Bank. Link

 

NEW YEAR’S EVE.

31st DECEMBER / EVERYWHERE / COST VARIES.

As always, the final night of the year will be host to a whole variety of parties catering to all tastes and flavours. As long as you surround yourself with your friends, family, loved ones, pets and think of the good times then you can’t go wrong. Be thankful for all the mince pies you’ve consumed and hug someone who looks sad and you’ll be on to a winner. Link

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